A personal visit is the most impactful way to communicate with a congressional office. This can be coordinated as part of the annual Railroad Day on the Hill, directly through your Member of Congress’ office in Washington, D.C., or at a local district/state office near you.
The NRC also can coordinate a grassroots visit with your Member of Congress at your facility or to a project site where your employees are working. These visits give Members of Congress firsthand exposure to and knowledge of rail industry operations from constituents and other professionals who work in the industry.
If you can’t be there in person, an email, letter or phone call also are effective options. Most Members of Congress have email forms on their websites where you can quickly and conveniently voice an opinion or request action or assistance. A mailed letter is effective so long as it is received prior to the vote on any pending legislation.
If you are unsure of your U.S. Representative or Senators, you can identify them here:
Once you’ve located your Member of Congress, click on the link to their website and then locate their contact information, such as their phone number, mailing address and email form.
Here are some “best practices” for writing to your member of congress:
Sample Letter to a Member of Congress – Here is a sample letter for NRC members to use to help write to their Members of Congress. Be sure to customize it depending on whether you are writing a U.S. Representative or a Senator. Also include details specific to your job and company.
“For the FRA Part 219 and 243 implementation, the NRC was especially helpful for us in that they provide member companies guidance in how to comply with the ever-changing federal regulations. We also value the annual safety awards which we use to motivate our employees to uphold the highest level of safety as well as in business development materials.”
Ragnar Benson Construction, LLC.